In 2016, we here at the AHS Healthy Me headquarters have decided to institute some official recognition for the folks at each work site who exude that extra special something that makes them Wellness Champs. Wellness Champs don’t have to be marathoners or uber-athletes. They don’t have to be raw vegans or perfectly paleo. They don’t have to be yoga gurus or meditation masters. They simply need to be authentic — truly striving for and living a healthy lifestyle that’s apparent to those around them (and often contageous!). Wellness Champs are forces of positive energy in their work spaces and do what they can to spread the love and wellness message — both at work and at play.
Each month we recognize one Wellness Champ from each of our 9 facilities. They’re all nominated by fellow AHS-ers who are eager to share a short snippet of why they believe their special coworker should be the next Wellness Champ.
In March, Sweena Burroughs was nominated at Hayward Wellness, and in gratitude for the recognition, she volunteered this delicious recipe for the Healthy Me blog!
This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients — you might actually have them all in your kitchen right now! Full of fiber from the nuts and dates, natural sugars, cinnamon to curb a blood sugar spike, and cocoa powder for a boost of antioxidants, this recipe is just what the doctor (or in this case, the Nurse Practitioner) ordered!
I’m so happy to share it. Enjoy!
Makes about 10 small brownies
What You Need
- 1 cup walnuts (unsalted)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
- 1 1/4 cups pitted dates (about 12)
- 1/4 cup almonds (unsalted)
What To Do
- Remove the pits from the dates if still with pits. If the 1/4 cup almonds are not already chopped, place them in a bag and hit them with the back of a spoon to break them into pieces (or chop them).
- In the bowl of a food processor, place 1 cup walnuts. Process on high until the nuts are finely ground.
- Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt. Pulse to combine.
- Turn on the food processor. As the processor is running, add the dates one at a time. Once all the dates have been added, the mixture should be crumbly but easily formable (it may form into a ball depending on how long you process it). Throw in the almonds and pulse a couple times to combine (if a ball has formed, you can also mix in the almonds in a bowl).
- Form the brownies: Line a small square dish with wax paper and press into the desired thickness (don’t worry if it does not fill the entire pan; the brownies are easy to shape). Alternatively, press the brownies into a mini-muffin tin or other mold. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up; they can easily be cut when cold.